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MANILA, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque on Friday rejected the attempts by some leaders and politicians to politicize the COVID-19, including the tracing of its origins.

"We shun the politicization of anything that has something to do with the COVID-19," Duque told reporters.

"That is something that we were indifferent, totally indifferent about because you know we're very busy ramping up our (pandemic response), and we do not want to politicize the issue of the COVID-19," Duque added.

Duque urged the leaders and politicians to uphold science to combat the highly infectious disease that already killed millions worldwide.

"As professionals, as men and women of science, we are governed by data, by science, by the expertise of well-meaning partners from other countries and the development partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO)," Duque added.

"It is the height of injustice for the U.S. and some of its allies to continue to politicize the issues and evade their responsibilities, while pestering and conspiring against China," said Herman Tiu Laurel, a columnist in the Philippines, urging governments and netizens to stop politicizing the issue.

China has provided much-needed vaccines to the developing world, "championed the lifting of vaccine patent rights, delivered vaccines on the 'global public good' basis and added 3 billion U.S. dollars just recently for anti-COVID-19 relief to developing countries," he added.

Laurel slammed the United States for delaying completion of the coronavirus studies "by its politicking with the issue and paying lip-service to patent waivers for vaccines, while hypocritically promising millions of vaccines that never completely arrive."

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